SiD’s ‘Dancing Together Apart’ exhibition opens at Shrewsbury Museum

Come along to the Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery to view our exhibition,
‘Dancing Together Apart’.
The Exhibition can be viewed in the venue’s beautiful balcony space which is on the 3rd floor and accessible by lift.
This exhibition continues at SMAG until Friday September 30th.

In 2020 Shropshire Inclusive Dance commissioned photographer Ming De Nasty to capture images of Contact Dance Company members dancing at home. Ming’s moving portraits capture dancers participating in zoom classes and performing their own choreographed solos.These stunning images, set in the background of their own home, form a powerful exhibition. The exhibition reveals the dancer’s connection with their homes, their families and their love of dancing.

The four featured dancers are Andrew Kelly, Ellie Taylor, Chloe Shepherd and Mervyn Bradley (pictured above).

The Museum is open from 10am – 4pm and entry is free
Full details of how to find and access Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery can be found here

What a celebration ! Sid celebrates in style.

Many thanks to all who came to SiD’s 10 year celebration, We had over 70 people attending and were proud to share our performances, films and the exhibition.

The evening really felt like a celebration of SiD with lots of old and new friends in attendance. We witnessed beautiful dancing, listened to great speakers, shared memories, chatted, laughed and applauded together.

Dancers from our classes were thrilled to perform, it was also great to look back at previous work on film and share our new duet ‘Skirting Around the Edges’ which really wowed the audience.

Big thanks to everyone who worked hard to make this happen in particular stage technician Callum Barre, all the SiD team, board members and dancers.

The images below show the Thrive Class during tech rehearsal captured by Ray Jacobs

SiD is 10 years old ! Come and join us to celebrate.

SiD would be delighted if you could join us on Wednesday 30th March 7.30pm at The Hive in Shrewsbury where we will share some exciting dance performances, moving dance films and personal testimonials from those who have benefitted by being involved with SiD over the last 10 years.

The evening also includes a chance to view ‘Dancing Together Apart’, an exhibition of photographs by photographer Ming de Nasty. Ming’s intimate portraits of SiD dancers in the backdrop of own homes, form a powerful exhibition in the gallery space.

A complimentary glass of wine/soft drink and snacks will also be served plus there will be a chance to enter our raffle to win a prize.

SiD film ‘Into The Light’ is selected for the Oska Bright Film Festival

SiD are excitied to anounce that our short dance film

‘Into The Light’ has been selected to be shown as part of the brilliant Oska Bright film festival. It will be shown amongst a fantastic selection of music and dance short films. Well done to our dancers, Beth Gardiner, Candi Henstone, Cameron Jones, Cari Glover, Ellie Taylor. Theo Anderson and the hard and creative work from Film-maker Calum Barre, Assistant Director Anna Belyavin and Director Rachel Liggitt. Full details of this fantastic event can be found on the link below.

Sid Presents new duet to local community group

We had a great time presenting the work of our company to The Monday Club at the Radbrook Community Centre, Shrewsbury. It was lovely to be with this welcoming group who have supported SiD for a long time. Our presentation included a new duet ‘Skirting around the Edges, brilliantly performed by Beth Gardiner and Anna Belyavin and choreographed by Rachel Liggitt

‘Dancing Together Apart’ Portrait Exhibition is launched !

SiD’s exhibiton of photographic portraits by Ming de Nasty was launched on Saturday night. It was a lovely gathering and the images look brilliant ! Please visit the Hive in Shrewsbury to see this powerful exhibition Tuesday – Fridays, 10am – 4pm until the end of March. The exhibition features photos of dancers Ellie Taylor Chloe Shepherd, Andrew Kelly and Mervyn Bradley including Kevin Shepherd, Maureen Bradley and Izzy the dog !

SiD Dancers rehearsing for Wondrous Stories

Members of our regular dance classes and SiD’s Highflyers Youth Dance Company are presently rehearsing for Wonderous Stories at The NEC Birmingham. Their dedication and commitment is outstanding and they are blowing us away with their personal and group achievements.

Members of the SiD artistic and support team are working pretty hard to!

Can you spot any of our dancers in the ITV news film footage below?

SiD receives Arts Council England funding for 2022/23

SiD are excited to announce a new two year programme of inclusive dance making, facilitating workshops and organisational development through funding from Arts Council England.

We are thrilled to have this opportunity to continue developing our inclusive dance work throughout the community. It will give many dancers, with and without disabilities, the opportunities to dance together, train and to make new work.

Contact Dance Company Class – Connecting together at last

Contact Dance Company Class has been a great space this term for us to reconnect with each other as a dance company and connect with and wake up our dancing selves. Under the fantastic guidance of Rachel Liggitt, we have rediscovered our joy in dancing and moving together and what it is to be a company of dancers.

We connected with the floor, we had missed rolling, turning, falling, sinking into the floor. We reconnected with the air around us, to reach into, to turn together, to balance, to feel the air stir as another dancer fly’s past. Most importantly we reconnected with each other, moving together, building energy, catching glimpses, echoes, surfing on synchronicity.

We aim for company class to be an inclusive, focused, creative, challenging and enjoyable space where we can develop and grow as a company and as dancers. We are open to experienced dancers who are new to the company in particular experienced dancers with physical disabilities to come and try out the class with us.

We look forward to company classes continuing in the new year.

Create class celebrates its first term at The Hive

Our ‘Create’ group had its final class of the autumn term last week. This term we have really celebrated the joys, creativity and connection in moving and dancing together. There have been some beautiful dances, giant leaps forward and much shared laughter. Huge thanks to the participants, they’re carers, the creative team and everyone involved in the class. There are a few places in this Wednesday morning class for next term, we particularly invite people with disabilities who need extra support in participating. Big thanks go to Condover Ciollege who have supported their residents in attanding the classes, Musician Mani Wells who has played beautiful live music and the SiD team Ray Jacobs and Becky Pringle